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Firing up the suspense of the release of FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s fourth studio album, CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY (BMLG Records), the GRAMMY nominees announced their 2019 CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY TOUR exclusively with Billboard today. The announcement included details for FGL Fest set to take place at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 7. FGL Fest is a multi-act music event produced by Live Nation and created to coincide with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race which takes place at IMS on September 8. FGL Fest features FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE plus DAN + SHAY, NELLY, MITCHELL TENPENNY, and more acts who will be announced soon.
After headlining high-profile festivals and fairs last year, in addition to their applauded FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS residency, the trek launches on June 13 at Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR. Billboard’s first-ever Trailblazer Award recipients will crisscross the country through September 28 at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.
With a “perfectly cheeky album title” (USA TODAY), FGL will perform songs from the 19-deep track list of their anticipated project, including their current chart-rising single, “Talk You Out of It.” Captained by longtime producer Joey Moi with FGL notching their first co-producer credit, CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY is now available for preorder and drops February 15, complete with heavy-hitting guest collaborations with JASON DERULO, JASON ALDEAN, and HARDY.
Pushing pedal to the metal, the global entertainers have also announced their lineup for this summer’s FGL Fest slated for September 7, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With additional details to follow, FGL is geared up to take the stage plus DAN + SHAY, NELLY, MITCHELL TENPENNY, and more. FGL’s fan club community, FGL Lifers, have first presale access to tickets beginning Monday (1/14), at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday (1/17), at 10 p.m. ET. Citi® card members gain entry starting Tuesday (1/15), at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday (1/17), at 10 p.m. ET with Citi’s Private Pass® program. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/18), at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, and IMS.com.
The powerhouse duo front this month’s Nashville Lifestyle’s cover of “The Music Issue,” with the magazine praising, “In the country music industry, perhaps no star is rising — or business expanding — more rapidly than that of the Florida Georgia Line brand.”
FGL is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st GRAMMY Awards (airs live on CBS on February 10) for 2018’s “chart-busting hit of the year” (The Associated Press) “Meant to Be.” The 4X PLATINUM-certified, #1 (with Bebe Rexha), reigned the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 50 weeks straight.
For more information about Florida Georgia Line and the CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY TOUR, please visit floridageorgialine.com and reach out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Chicagoland Speedway announced today that a Carnival will be added to the growing line-up of fan enhancements during the NASCAR Festival Weekend June 27-30.
The carnival, a first at Chicagoland Speedway, will be set up in Champions Park, the ultimate pre-race fan experience in a park-like atmosphere with live entertainment and interactive displays, will be open Friday through Sunday. There will be family-friendly rides, multiple youth attractions and games including bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris wheel and more.
“This is the first of many exciting announcements which will significantly enhance the guest experience for our NASCAR Festival Weekend,” said Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock. “As we celebrate summer with our fans, we are excited to debut the carnival as part of the weekend’s festivities. We will showcase some of the staple components that come to mind as part of a quintessential summer festival.”
“Fantasy Amusements is excited to bring the very first carnival to Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR event. With the weekend’s family-friendly atmosphere, a carnival is a perfect addition,” said Bill Johnson, president, Fantasy Amusements.”
Starting today, unlimited, single-day $20 wristbands will be available for pre-sale through June 21.
Select sections at Chicagoland Speedway offer free kids tickets for the races held Thursday through Saturday. Log on to ChicagolandSpeedway.com for more information.
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Fans are guaranteed to get more bang for their buck at South Boston Speedway with a rule change for 2019.
The track announced today that caution laps would not count in races that are 150 laps in length or shorter. In the past, that rule was in effect only for races 75 laps or shorter.
“We do our best to always put our fans first,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice. “By not counting the caution laps in races 150 laps or shorter, fans will get to enjoy more laps of racing every race. It should make race nights much more fun for everyone.”
With the new rule in place, the only race in 2019 where caution laps will count will be the 200-lapper celebrating Independence Day on June 29.
Driver expect the change to help in the grandstands and the pits.
“It’s going to help the fans get their money’s worth. They know they are going to get a set number of laps,” said Thomas Scott, who finished third in the 2018 Late Model Stock points race at South Boston. “From a safety standpoint for the crews, if you are involved in something on the track and have to come in and change a tire or fix something, you don’t have to worry about rushing to get out without losing a lap. It’s going to make pit road safer.”
Peyton Sellers, who won his fourth South Boston Speedway championship in 2018, believes limiting caution laps will make the title chase tougher in 2019.
“It’s going to keep more people on the lead lap and it’s going to make the points race closer,” said Sellers. “When you have trouble and pit under caution, you’re not automatically going laps down like in the past and that will tighten things up.”
The 2019 South Boston season will kick off on Saturday, March 16 with an afternoon of racing featuring twin 100-lap Late Model races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.
Tickets are $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.
Austin Dillion started 2018 in the biggest way possible – by winning the Daytona 500 and the historic Harley J. Earl trophy.
As driver of the famed No. 3 heads into 2019, he is turning his attention to another iconic piece of NASCAR history: the famed grandfather clock trophy at Martinsville Speedway.
“That’s our main goal,” Dillon said. “It’s one of my favorite trophies of the year. I got to look at it a lot, because my grandfather (car owner Richard Childress) has one in his house, so I’ve got to step up and get one.”
The 28-year-old from nearby Welcome, N.C. said he loves racing on the “Half-Mile of Mayhem,” a track he grew up coming to as a kid.
“It’s short-track racing.” he said. “You’re going to see guys pushing and shoving. It’s aggressiveness. It’s an awesome track to see a race from. You can see the whole track and that’s what’s cool about it.”
While his 2018 results, a pair of 30th place finishes, don’t show it, Dillon feels like strong runs in the past are a good indicator of future success at the historic Speedway.
“We’ve finished in the top-5 there a couple of times now,” Dillon said. “I love going to Martinsville. We had a good run going there last year and I blew a right front tire. I can’t wait to get there and hopefully make it a place we win at.”
With the departure of Ryan Newman and arrival of Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Hemric, Dillon, who enters in his sixth full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will become the elder statesman for Richard Childress Racing, a role he is looking forward to.
“I think it’s a great thing for me,” he said. “I love the leadership role and hopefully Daniel and I can make some noise together as teammates. If I’m that guy, I’m fine with it. I love that pressure to keep RCR (Richard Childress Racing) running strong.”
Dillon and the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to Martinsville Speedway March 22-24 for the STP 500 weekend.
The weekend starts of Friday, with practice for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and continues on Saturday with the 250 lap Truck Series race and practice and qualifying for the STP 500.
The STP 500 is Sunday, March 24.
The STP 500 is the first race short-track race of the season and is the first race back on the East Coast after the series’ “West Coast Swing.”
Tickets start at $46 and youth 17-and-under are $25 regardless of location.
Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
Martinsville Speedway PR
Gateway Motorsports Park, the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region, will host two job fairs in preparation for the 2019 motorsports season. Many positions in a number of departments are available.
The first will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second job fair will take place on Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. The job fairs will be held in the infield media center inside the oval track.
Prospective candidates should bring a resume and identification.
For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
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QuikTrip hosting pit party with NASCAR driver appearances, kicking off Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race festivities in Atlanta07 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Start your engines — early! NASCAR fans in the greater Atlanta metro will not have to wait until February’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 event to get a glimpse of the 2019 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). QuikTrip (QT), one of the nation’s premier convenience and gasoline marketers, will host a Pit Party for fans on Saturday, Jan. 26th at a Norcross QT store to kick off the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race weekend in February.
QT’s Pit Party will feature a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment throughout the day. Coca-Cola® will feature its interactive race simulator where fans can enjoy a NASCAR driver’s seat experience. Coca-Cola Racing team drivers Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suãrez will make appearances.
QT will feature its prize wheel, a DJ, have mascots on-site and provide free food sampling from QT Kitchens throughout the day. For guests who enter, QT and Coca-Cola will be giving away grand prizes of rides with Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers at AMS during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race weekend. This exclusive experience will let winners sit alongside a Coca-Cola Racing Family driver in a Chevrolet pace car and take a spin around the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“We’re eager to host this community Pit Party event to generate some excitement among all of the great NASCAR fans in the city, while also showing the fans how they can honor and support our military members in conjunction with our partner, Folds of Honor,” said Mendi Parker, QT’s Manager of Store Marketing / PR & Events. “Our goal is to make the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 the most patriotic NASCAR race in the country, and this Pit Party will be a preview for all of the fun and patriotic activities we have planned this year.”
QT’s Pit Party will take place at 5795 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA, at the intersection of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Brookhollow Parkway. The event will be held from 10am to 3pm. The event is free and open to the community.
Tickets and camping for the 2019 season at Watkins Glen International will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, January 8 at 9 a.m.
The calendar features exciting marque events such as the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen featuring the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (June 30-July 3) and the return of New York’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series weekend, with the Go Bowling at The Glen (August 4), XFINITY Series Zippo 200 (August 3), and K&N Pro Series East Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 (August 2). Fans will also be treated to one of the circuit’s largest midway areas, complete with interactive displays, driver appearances and more at the three-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today.
“We are excited for another season here at Watkins Glen International with so many diverse events,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “We have the best fans in motorsports hands down, and we want to give them a memorable experience.”
Joining the NASCAR and IMSA weekends on the calendar is the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, one of the largest vintage racing events in the country featuring the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Trans-Am Championship (September 6-8), and the return of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Labor Day weekend (August 29-September 1).
In addition to the on-track action, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese returns July 12-14. The festival continues to be the East Coast’s largest showcase of New York State wines and will feature approximately 90+ wineries from around the region, food and live music. The Ticket Galaxy Finger Lakes Beer Festival will return to close the season out at The Glen, (October 25-26) more information on the event to follow.
Watkins Glen International 2019 Events Schedule:
April 6–7: Opening Weekend
June 21–23: SCCA Majors Super Tour
June 27–30: Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
July 12–14: Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy
August 1–4: Go Bowling at The Glen
August 29–September 1: Blancpain GT World Challenge America
September 6–8: Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix
October 25-26: Ticket Galaxy Finger Lakes Beer Festival*
*More information will be announced
How to Purchase:
- Online: www.TheGlen.com
- Call: 866-461-RACE (7223)
- Visit: The Ticket Office on the 3rd Floor at 2 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, N.Y.,
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
All Tickets On-Sale Today - With Incredible Savings - for Talladega Superspeedway’s Springtime Tripleheader Weekend, April 26-2807 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Come and experience the celebration of Talladega Superspeedway’s 50 Years of Speed! Tickets for the track’s springtime tripleheader motorsports weekend (April 26-28) are officially on-sale today and fans can save on countless ticket offers with the track’s economical, advance-priced tickets.
Advance-priced ticket options give fans the chance to save on tickets for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 28, as well as the Talladega 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Saturday, April 27. In addition to the jam-packed weekend, practice sessions for both events along with the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race kick off on Friday, April 26.
The advance-priced tickets are available for a limited time and include the following:
- $20 off race-week pricing for the GEICO 500 set for a 1 p.m. CDT start
- $10 off race-week pricing for the Talladega 300 scheduled for a noon CDT start
- 2-Day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday start at only $50
Kids 12 and younger receive FREE admission for the Talladega 300 and receive $50 off regular price grandstand and tower seats for the GEICO 500, starting as low as $10. Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano qualified for last year’s NASCAR Playoffs with his victory in the 2018 GEICO 500.
As part of Transformation - The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project, the new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel as well as the new Finish Line Premium RV area (located just past the start-finish line & includes full hookups) and new Infield Shower Trailers are scheduled for completion in time for the much-anticipated weekend. The two-lane tunnel, the first development of Transformation, will be capable of allowing vehicles as large as race team haulers, fans’ recreational vehicles as well as track tram vehicles (to take fans who have both infield admission and grandstand seating) to enter and exit the track simultaneously with ease. It will be open 24 hours during event weekends.
The culmination of Transformation will occur this October and will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR with a one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience, which will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield. For more information on Transformation, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.
For more information on Talladega Superspeedway’s advance-priced ticket options, as well as hospitality opportunities (Fan Suites, Premium Boxes, Paddock Club, Weekend Unrestricted and Sunday VIP Experience), simply visit www.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band To Headline Firestone Legends Day Concert May 25 at IMS07 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
The concert, which also will feature additional acts to be announced in the coming weeks, starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.
Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building. General admission tickets start at just $35 until March 1. A limited number of Concert Pit tickets are available starting at $75, and a very limited supply of exclusive VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.
All concert tickets include admission to the concert and all Legends Day presented by Firestone activities that day at IMS, including autograph sessions with current and past Indianapolis 500 drivers, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 public drivers' meeting, historic race car laps and more. IMS gates open at 8 a.m., with concert gates opening at 2 p.m.
"Zac Brown Band is a phenomenon, one of the most exciting, talented and popular live acts in any genre of music today," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "The band's unique blend of rock, soul, country, bluegrass and reggae has incredible appeal to so many people and reaches a new level when performed live. Race Weekend for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 just keeps getting better and better. Is it May yet?"
Zac Brown Band is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group led by front man, Zac Brown.
Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. To date, the group has won three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 2010, sold more than 30 million singles, 9 million albums, has achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and is the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats.
Zac Brown Band has headlined eight North American tours and currently holds the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the iconic Fenway Park. Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live performers, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.
The addition of Zac Brown Band as the headline act for the Firestone Legends Day Concert builds an even more star-studded lineup of music on Race Weekend for the 103rd Indianapolis 500. Rock legends Foreigner and funk, R&B and pop icons Kool & the Gang are performing at the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, with the electronic music lineup for the Snake Pit presented by Coors Light to be announced soon.
As the Official Tire of Country Music™ and the Official Tire of the Indianapolis 500, Firestone has served as the presenting sponsor of Legends Day since it debuted in 2014. The partnership brings together two platforms - racing and country music - that have played significant roles in the rich history of the time-tested Firestone brand.
The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.